Video: GM recall expands to 2.6 million cars

posted at 9:46 am on March 29, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

That’s a million more than the initial recall numbers from General Motors. Why so many new additions? A decision not to change the part number, which critics claim was intended to keep GM from having to deal with the issue, may mean that newer cars that didn’t have the defect before may have had it introduced in later repairs. The model years now stretch from 2003-2011:

General Motors Co expanded its global recall of cars with defective ignition switches to 2.6 million on Friday, adding 971,000 later-model vehicles due to concerns over faulty replacement parts.

The recall now includes all model years of the Chevrolet Cobalt, Chevrolet HHR, Saturn Ion, Saturn Sky, Pontiac G5 and Pontiac Solstice made from 2003-2011. …

GM redesigned the faulty part for model years after 2007, but it did not change the part number, and it fears that some newer-model cars could have been repaired with defective older-model switches.

Switches still available in parts stores may not be defective, but it is nearly impossible to tell new ones from older-design ones unless they are taken apart or the manufacturing history is checked, Reuters reported.

Until now, the recall only affected model years 2003-7 from certain GM cars. This will certainly raise a few more questions for GM to answer — and the NHTSA, too.


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Its worse than we know.

Bmore on March 29, 2014 at 9:58 AM

We received a letter from GM about our 2006 HHR. It’s our “run around” vehicle at work. Used to go get lunch or drop off/ pick up repaired units from our customers. It only says to be careful not to have anything else on the key ring or “jiggle” the key too much. They would have a fix later. Telling my techs to be careful is like telling them to dance ballet. Keeping it parked most of the time now til we hear what the fix is.

faol on March 29, 2014 at 10:01 AM

GM has redefined the meaning of too big to fail.

Kissmygrits on March 29, 2014 at 10:12 AM

Oh, goody. Just one of the latest examples of our tax dollars at work. At least someone has to be employed to make this crappy stuff to be placed a crappy vehicle…

vnvet on March 29, 2014 at 10:12 AM

Does this mean there will be no union bonuses passed out this year? How are these people expected to donate to their local liberal progressives in the next election?

Rovin on March 29, 2014 at 10:13 AM

Imagine if a reporter had the nerve to ask Obama if he regrets the GM bailout?

rob verdi on March 29, 2014 at 10:17 AM

Another big government agency fail. Surprise!

HiJack on March 29, 2014 at 10:18 AM

There’s also a stop sales order on the Cruze. No mention of what it’s about. They don’t have the same ignition switch.

Jeff Weimer on March 29, 2014 at 10:20 AM

Why so many new additions?

We had nothing to do with this.

/Obama admin
/GM
/NHTSA

Mark Boabaca on March 29, 2014 at 10:27 AM

Additional reading.

Bmore on March 29, 2014 at 10:28 AM

They actually still sell that many?

Mark1971 on March 29, 2014 at 10:50 AM

Did the US government (Obama) help hide these problems?

albill on March 29, 2014 at 10:54 AM

Government Motors

Philly on March 29, 2014 at 11:00 AM

Government Motors

Philly on March 29, 2014 at 11:00 AM

Bold prediction:

GM will ask for and receive another bailout before Obummer leaves office.

BigWyo on March 29, 2014 at 11:47 AM

Lada
Trabant
Government Motors

M240H on March 29, 2014 at 12:03 PM

Did the US government (Obama) help hide these problems?

albill on March 29, 2014 at 10:54 AM

Government Motors

Philly on March 29, 2014 at 11:00 AM

…Philly just answered your question!

KOOLAID2 on March 29, 2014 at 1:12 PM

This makes judgments passed onto foreign automakers like Toyota(recent) all the more troubling. There is a clear conflict of interest, especially when the interest has the monopoly of force.

Murphy9 on March 29, 2014 at 2:51 PM

I smell large federal infusion of cash that conveniently makes its way to the democrat political election slush fund…for the children!

trs on March 29, 2014 at 3:16 PM

Hey! Whatever happened to the Chevy Volt???
2011-2012 it was all over the News. I haven’t seen an ad for one in at least 18 months. I’ve only ever noticed maybe 4 ever on the road and they had US Government Plates. Although they are about as indistinguishable and as plain as most cars today and are basically unnoticeable stealth cars. It was the car that was going to save Detroit, it was going to have GM lead the reinvention of the automobile. The Volt seems to have vanished from advertising and the media.

Wallythedog on March 29, 2014 at 3:22 PM

They’ve only had ignition systems in cars for what, 100 years now?

What are they going to screw up next…windshield wipers?

Dr. ZhivBlago on March 29, 2014 at 3:25 PM

Hey! Whatever happened to the Chevy Volt???
2011-2012 it was all over the News. I haven’t seen an ad for one in at least 18 months. I’ve only ever noticed maybe 4 ever on the road and they had US Government Plates. Although they are about as indistinguishable and as plain as most cars today and are basically unnoticeable stealth cars. It was the car that was going to save Detroit, it was going to have GM lead the reinvention of the automobile. The Volt seems to have vanished from advertising and the media.

Wallythedog on March 29, 2014 at 3:22 PM

It was priced out of the market by the cheaper Albatross, the GM with the 100+MPG carbeurator that Big Oil suppressed for over 60 years thru lawfare and violence.

Murphy9 on March 29, 2014 at 3:39 PM

It was priced out of the market by the cheaper Albatross, the GM with the 100+MPG carbeurator that Big Oil suppressed for over 60 years thru lawfare and violence.

Murphy9 on March 29, 2014 at 3:39 PM

This is why we can’t have anything nice…

The Laws of Thermodynamics are just that, Laws. There is no suppression or secret carburetor or ability to run an engine on water. An automobile engine is around 25% efficient with the rest of the energy lost to friction in the form of heat. Build a “super” lubricate and we can talk otherwise you are only looking foolish.

trs on March 29, 2014 at 5:17 PM

trs on March 29, 2014 at 5:17 PM

Check your sarcasm meter. The GM Albatross? lol

Murphy9 on March 29, 2014 at 5:21 PM

:)

trs on March 29, 2014 at 6:10 PM

Anyone else find this coincidental with the recent settlement with Totoya?

In both cases, the incidents appear to be statistically insignificant, compared to the number of people injured by hammers, for example. It’s unrealistic for buyers to expect that a large powerful machine will never ever fail in such a way that causes injury or death. Customer must assume some risk of travelling at 65 mph or more.

Any car company is now a shakedown target and because GM is government-run, they won’t put up any resistance for shareholders.

Bottom-line is that building cars is now bad-business because the cost of “safety” recalls erases all profit (that wasn’t already swallowed by union benefits).

virgo on March 30, 2014 at 1:35 PM

Toyota was there as a scapegoat when GM ran into its initial bailout/problems. The gov jumped on it and rode it as far as they could. Want proof? When the Toyota “rapid acceleration” issue was taking center stage every MSM outlet possible was doing special reports and were ALL OVER the non-story. GM’s current issue has gone unreported for 10 years and even now isn’t getting any significant press.

All I’ve ever owned have been GM’s and I was already fed up with them (before the bailout) because of their lack of quality. My next SUV will be a Toyota or Nissan.

Free Indeed on March 31, 2014 at 9:51 AM